Legislature approves $6.3 billion budget

12:50 PM, Jun 14, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers have sent a $6.3 billion spending plan to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's desk where it faces a likely veto because it includes temporary tax increases.

The Democratic-controlled House and Senate gave final approval on Thursday night to the budget that covers general state services for the two fiscal years that start on July 1.

The House approved the measure on a 102-43 vote. The Senate later endorsed it 25-10.

Because the bill needs to take effect soon to avoid a government shutdown, it required two-thirds approval for passage.

The proposal includes a temporary half-cent hike to Maine's 5 percent sales tax. It would also temporarily raise the meals and lodging tax from 7 percent to 8 percent.


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